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How green is Amazon’s cloud?

Greenpeace report gives Google a grade of B for energy efficiency, while AWS got a D

Wi-Fi signals can do rough head counts

Estimating the number of people present by looking at Wi-Fi signals could help make buildings more energy efficient

Computer chips made of wood promise greener electronics

U.S. and Chinese researchers are developing high-performance chips that can biodegrade

hydroelectric power Wanapum Dam

CenturyLink's new data center runs on water

Hydroelectric power is more reliable than wind or solar, which are dependent on weather

Apple store solar

Apple's U.S. facilities now get 100% of their power from renewables

Company has been building new solar power plants around the U.S. and in China

Apple plans two European data centers running on renewable energy

With data storage in the European Union, the company will not need to export data to the U.S. or other data protection regimes

Apple's solar plant in Maiden, N.C.

Apple’s $850M solar plant rockets it to first place among U.S. corporations

New facility is the largest such commercial solar deal in U.S. history, pushing Apple past Walmart as the largest corporate user of solar energy

Apple's massive solar farm could power its entire California operations

The company expects 'very significant savings' from the plant in Monterey County

Whatever happened to green IT?

Green initiatives have withered, but there are IT execs who think green can still make a difference

Dell to make line of PCs with recycled plastics

Dell is expanding its hardware take-back program to acquire more plastic for reuse in laptops and desktops

The data center of 2025 revealed

IT managers have an optimistic outlook on renewable energy and the cloud

Apple shows off '103-degree data center'

Data center experts say the high intake temps at Apple's data center, affirmed on NBC's Today show, now fall within industry guidelines

Apple offers free recycling of its products worldwide

In some countries, Apple is offering to recycle some third-party products like mobile phones and PCs for free as well

Sweet! Researchers create powerful batteries that run on sugar

Cheap, refillable, and biodegradable, these batteries could power smartphones and tablets by 2017, say engineers at Virginia Tech

Eureka! New tech shrinks cloud computing's carbon footprint

Computer scientists say they have created the algorithms needed to make both public and private cloud computing greener

Predictions gone wrong: Losing bets analysts made for 2013

Analyst forecasts are meant to help IT prepare for the future. But the future doesn't always follow that script

Cloud providers' green claims are full of smoke

Ironically, their focus on touting use of alternative energy sources obscures how they really go green

Google will build another six solar power plants in the U.S.

Google, Microsoft, and Apple are all looking to tap solar, wind, and hydroelectric power sources

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